Dele Alli refers to ‘journey’, refuses to rule out Tottenham exit

Date published: Tuesday 16th May 2017 9:16

Dele Alli says he “can’t see many better places” to improve than under Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham.

England star Alli has become hot property in under two seasons at Spurs following his £5million move from MK Dons.

European champions Real Madrid are among those to have been linked with the 21-year-old, who has scored 31 goals since his switch to London.

And although he admits it is impossible to predict his future, Alli says he is happy to be part of Pochettino’s exciting young side who will finish runners-up to Premier League champions Chelsea.

“We all want to achieve stuff,” Alli said in a Sky Sports interview.

“It’s a good place to be, and with the manager we’ve got here I can’t see many better places for me personally to improve.

“It’s a fantastic club to be a part of. We’re all looking to learn together and build together and be as successful as we can.

“You never say what’s going to happen in the future, no-one knows, no-one can predict it.

“For me, it’s important that I enjoy the journey – whether I stay at Tottenham for the rest of my career or one day I have to leave and it’s the right thing for me to do.”

Alli also had some bad news for Premier League defenders as he warned them that he is becoming even better in front of goal.

He has more than doubled the 10-goal haul of his first Spurs season, with 21 goals to his name in all competitions heading into the final league game of the season at Hull on Sunday.

“I’ve still got a lot to improve on,” he said. “But I’ve got more clinical, especially as the season’s gone on.

“I’ve scored a few goals, but I could have scored a lot more.

“At the start of the season I was missing some sitters, but I’ve been working hard with the staff on the training field to make sure I start putting those chances away.”

Alli, however, has drawn some criticism for the way he plays the game.

He was accused of diving after winning a penalty in the December win over Swansea, and he was sent off for a wild tackle on Gent’s Brecht Dejaegere during a Europa League last-32 tie in February.

But Alli said: “I’ve not really worked on my temperament, I’ve learned from my mistakes.

“It’s not something I’m worried or concerned about, because if I didn’t have that (aggression) in my game I might not have achieved as much as I have.

“I’m not looking to change, because it’s not something that’s going to come out of me.

“It’s just the way I am. I enjoy playing football, I love winning and sometimes I can get carried away.

“But it’s all about winning, and I’ll never apologise for wanting to win as much as I do.”

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